Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Issue 90 Volume 4 Number 16  

Hello International Traders!

If you're looking for trade opportunities in Asia, take a look at Pakistan -- and the portal I have to it in this issue. I've also got a site where seasoned travelers have rated the best hotels, car rental agencies, destinations, and other travel-related topics. And, if you want an unbiased portal to information about online trade, I've got the perfect site for you. Finally, I've got the official site of the Summer Olympic games, so you can stay up on all the exciting action.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.


Situated between India and China, two of the world's fastest- growing economies, Pakistan could well be poised to start its own economic boom. The CIA Factbook says that "IMF-approved government policies, bolstered by generous foreign assistance and renewed access to global markets since late 2001, have generated solid macroeconomic recovery the last two years".

If that whets your interest, and you'd like to find out more about trade with Pakistan, you'll find an excellent portal to Pakistan ( ) at the Library of Congress. There are links to every aspect of life in Pakistan, including news, history, travel, economic statistics, export promotion, trade leads databases, market research (including a U.S. Commercial Service report on the promising market for computers in Pakistan), political analysis, government sites, and much more.

There are more useful links to Pakistan at the FITA site. Simply go to, then go to "Asia" and click on Pakistan. Or, you can type "Pakistan" in the search box at



I'm a big believer in referrals. When I need a plumber, a painter, or a new place to get takeout Chinese food, I ask my neighbors for a recommendation. That's why, the next time I book a trip, I'll go first to the Travel & Leisure 2004 World's Best Awards ( ). This site has rankings of destinations, hotels, and transportation options, based on 425,105 evaluations by readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. You'll find rankings of the top 100 hotels, the top 15 small hotels, hotels for $250 or less, the world's best cities, top cruise lines, and best car rental agencies, to name a few. These are the recommendations of seasoned travelers, so they're worth a look.



The China Sourcing Fairs, organized by Global Sources, bring together volume buyers with international-standard manufacturers from all over China to one convenient location in Shanghai. Buyers can benchmark and source from new, competitive China suppliers more effectively than ever before.

The Electronics & Components Fair had 17,700 visitors in April 2004. It will feature 100% more exhibitors than last year's show and is now the largest electronics show of its kind. The first Gifts & Home Products and DIY & Home Improvement Fairs, in April 2004, drew 20,200 buyers from 137 countries.

The Electronics & Components Fair runs from October 11 - 13, 2004 at the Shanghai Mart. The Gifts & Home Products and DIY & Home Improvement Fairs are co-located at the Shanghai Mart and INTEX and run from October 25 - 27, 2004. Buyers can register for the shows, reserve a hotel room in Shanghai and arrange a China visa at



The Internet has revolutionized internationl business by making it easier for buyers and sellers to make contact. There are hundreds of Web sites now where businesspeople can buy or sell goods, and it can be overwhelming if you're new to the game. One site that can help you is eMarket Services ( ). This is a nonprofit project funded by the trade promotion organizations of Australia, Denmark, Holland, Iceland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. You can't sell anything on eMarket Services, but you can find a lot of information and case studies to help you get started in Web-based international business. There's a directory of eMarkets around the world, searchable by industry and location; case studies of companies that have successfully sold their products online; plus articles and reports on various aspects of the eMarket experience. It's a must-visit site for anyone seeking to do international business on the Web.



I ran a little track in high school, and although I was never a star, I enjoyed the sport immensely. That's why I've always liked the Summer Olympics. Watching world-class athletes go for the glory in their sport is a special thrill for me every four years. The 2004 Summer Olympic Games will take place in Athens, Greece, from August 13-29. You can follow the games at the International Olympic Committee Olympic Games site ( ). Here you'll find a history of the Games, biographies of the athletes, a searchable database of medal winners going back to 1896, the latest news, information about Athens, and lots more.


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